South Korea is extending level two social distancing nationwide until May 2ndas the country attempts to stem the spate of recent infections.
One major change starting Monday, is that all bars and clubs in the Seoul metropolitan area and in the southern port city of Busan have to close for the duration of the period.
Restaurants abiding by social distancing will be permitted to have customers dine in until 10 PM but this could change to 9 PM if the virus situation worsens.
Also, under the extended measures, five or more people are not allowed to gather together.
Wearing a face mask has been mandatory outside for a while now, but starting Monday, people must wear them inside as well.
People violating the new rule will be fined 100-thousand Korean won, which is around 90 U.S. dollars.
Meanwhile, health authorities are resuming the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout to more than 140-thousand people either working at special education schools or as school nurses.
This comes after South Korea temporarily put the vaccine on hold due to concerns over a potential link to blood clots.
However, people under 30 will not be given the AstraZeneca vaccine going forward.
They will instead be given alternative vaccines like those produced by Pfizer and Moderna.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.